Understanding and Measuring Walkability: The Tempe Context

APA Arizona Chapter


Friday, March 17, 2017
9 a.m. - noon MST

Tempe, AZ, United States

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The term ‘walkability’ has been in popular use among planners, engineers, and others since the 1980s. But what does it really mean? And how do you measure walkability? The answer is that it means different things to different people, groups, and professions.  And just how walkable a place is can depend on, among other things, how frequently you walk and bike and where you’re from.  In this professional development workshop, we’ll dig into these questions, discussing the types of transportation infrastructure that make places walkable (and unwalkable), and things that create barriers to walkability. This workshop includes a one-hour “walkabout,” i.e. a walking tour and interactive assessment of beautiful downtown Tempe, and a group discussion of findings.

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Brian Fellows

Brian has 26 years of experience in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors, including 15 years specializing in multimodal transportation and the built environment. For 6 years Brian created and ran the Arizona Safe Routes To School (SRTS) federal program, which awarded more than $15 million in funding. This ... Read More

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Sheila Deschaaf, sdeschaaf@paysonaz.gov